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Alsop vying for Toronto ferry terminal overhaul

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Will Alsop’s practice ALL Design has been shortlisted to regenerate Toronto’s Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park

The London-based studio is competing against four other teams, including bids lead by New York High Line designer Diller Scofidio + Renfro and local firm KPMB Architects, in the race for the high-profile job.

The full shortlist

  • Clement Blanchet Architecture (Paris) + Batlle I Roig (Barcelona) + RVTR (Toronto and Ann Arbor) + Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. (Toronto)
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York City), architectsAlliance(Toronto)
  • KPMB Architects (Toronto), West 8 (Rotterdam), Greenberg Consultants (Toronto)
  • Quadrangle Architects (Toronto), aLLDesign (London), Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Toronto)
  • Stoss Landscape Urbanism (Boston), nARCHITECTS (New York City), ZAS Architects (Toronto)

The shortlist was chosen following an open ‘pre-qualification phase’ which received more than 30 entries from 12 separate countries.

Alsop said: ‘ALL Design is delighted to have been shortlisted… we are particularly pleased as it in Toronto, where we already have two subway stations under construction.’

Similar schemes completed by Alsop include his 1993 Hamburg ferry terminal (Alsop and Stormer) and the Shanghai Cruise terminal.

Backed by Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto, the contest seeks ideas to revitalise the prominent lakeside site which is located at the end of the city’s major Bay Street and Yonge Street thoroughfares.

Waterfront Toronto president and chief executive John Campbell said: ‘The level of interest from design teams around the world is a testament to the importance of this site and international awareness of the transformation underway on Toronto’s waterfront.

We expect the calibre of the designs will be very high

He continued: ‘Given the incredible roster of shortlisted teams, we expect that the calibre of the designs will be very high and we are looking forward to seeing how the teams propose to connect this orphaned site with the rest of the city.’

Toronto deputy mayor Pam McConnell said: ‘With this competition, we have an exciting opportunity to develop an inclusive vision for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal that promotes outstanding park and building design and reflects the needs and aspirations of the park and ferry users.’

She continued: ‘This will create a beautiful gateway to the Islands for residents and visitors and play an important role in the larger revitalization of the waterfront.’

Completed in 1972, the ferry terminal connects the city to the nearby Toronto Islands.

The shortlisted teams will be invited to take part in a six-week design exercise before presenting their designs to the public and judges later this year.

The winning team will be appointed to complete a masterplan for area.





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